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Sustainable Communities Partnerships Grantee and Application Lessons Learned (So Far). Abby Thorne-Lyman Project Director August 2, 2011. Overview of Grant Recipients. 199 HUD Sustainable Communities and DOT TIGER grants 72 recipients included public transportation and/or TOD in grants: - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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Sustainable Communities Partnerships

Sustainable Communities PartnershipsGrantee and Application Lessons Learned (So Far)Abby Thorne-LymanProject Director

August 2, 2011

Overview of Grant Recipients

199 HUD Sustainable Communities and DOT TIGER grants

72 recipients included public transportation and/or TOD in grants:Regional Planning Grants (26)Community Challenge Grants (17)Joint HUD Community Challenge/TOD TIGER II (10)TIGER II (15 11 planning, 4 capital)Feb 2010 TIGER I (4)

59 of 100 largest regions received some sort of award

2Slightly more than 1/3 of recipients included public transportation or TODOverview of Grant Recipientswww.reconnectingamerica.org

Strong geographic distribution of all grantsPolitical distribution strong as well

3Regions receiving multiple grantswww.reconnectingamerica.org

Regional Planning AND Community Challenge Recipients Regions receiving multiple grantswww.reconnectingamerica.orgRegional Planning AND TIGER II Recipients

Only Oklahoma City received a joint Community Challenge and TIGER II grant. And again, in al cases, the recipient was different in any given region receiving overlapping grants.5Common Themes in Winning ApplicationsEquity: true integration of affordable housing, grassroots engagement into planning processes

Transit Corridor and Station Area Planning: Category 2 grant recipients narrowed focus to a few corridors; Community Challenge recipients focused on a single corridor. Station area planning with replicability also a focus.

Connectivity: Complete streets, trails, last-mile connections (Challenge and TIGER II)

Collaborative, Multidisciplinary Planning: Integration of actors from multiple disciplines, formation of new partnerships key. Healthy eating, food access a focus of several recipients.

Data Sharing, Modeling: Category 1: regional data repositories, improvement of data sharing across communities, data driven comprehensive planningwww.reconnectingamerica.orgEquity: Puget Sound regional equity network. Regions around Cleveland, Ohio; Boston, Mass.; Charlottesville, Va.; Detroit, Mich.; Madison, Wisc.; and Salt Lake City, Utah, each proposed creating regional housing plans as part of SCRPG grant activities. At the county level, Augusta-Richmond County in Georgia won a joint Community Challenge/TIGER II grant to prepare a redevelopment plan for a 4.5-mile corridor through the heart of downtown Augusta, which will include an affordable housing component. The City of Cincinnati received a Community Challenge grant to study the feasibility of an inclusionary zoning ordinance. Several cities, including Somerville, Mass., and Dallas, Texas, proposed creating affordable housing land banks as part of their grants.

Corridor focus in Puget Sound, Boston, Twin Cities, Hartford Ct, - Denver (Dierdre will talk about)Station area Dallas, Santa Monica

Connectivity: Primarily a focus for community challenge and TIGER II. Burlington, Vt., St. Paul, Minn., and Dahlonega, Ga., will all use Community Challenge grants to prepare complete streets guidelines, while Pittsburgh, Penn., and the Pueblo of Laguna, N.M., will use TIGER II grants to build new trail systems.

6The application process: other issues identified by granteesCollaboration involved integrating many different culturesStart early, meet oftenMay need a neutral party

Defining target communitiesCorridor / Multijurisdictional area of greatest needOne idea: vote for the most competitive idea, aside from your own

Making the most of pilot or demonstration projectsHeuristicsGame changerswww.reconnectingamerica.orgCultures the challenge doesnt end with grant receipt. So while collaboration might seem like a good idea for the grant, make sure its functional for yourselves as well. Youll have to work together to implement the grant after the fact (and often were seeing the applicants bite off a lot of activities at once and on an accelerated time frame, so you need that genuine political support).

Target Communities heavy handed negotiation at times

7www.reconnectingamerica.org

Analysis of Federal Sustainable Communities GrantsTips for Crafting Strong Collaborative Applications

www.policylink.org

2011 Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant Guide

Abby Thorne-LymanProject DirectorReconnecting AmericaEMAIL: [email protected]: 510.268.8602 ext.206WEB: www.reconnectingamerica.org